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Sky, Channel 4 expand content and tech partnership

Comcast-owned pay TV operator Sky and broadcaster Channel 4 have extended their strategic partnership with a new deal covering content and advertising technology. The arrangement, which expands on a similar agreement struck last year, includes a multi-year carriage deal renewal that offers Sky customers access to exclusive programming from Channel 4’s VOD service All 4, […]

Sky unveils entertainment channels, orders Billie Piper drama

European pay TV operator Sky is adding two new channels to its entertainment portfolio and has commissioned a drama starring Billie Piper. Sky Crime and Sky Comedy channels will be available to all Sky customers at no extra charge, and will be offered as part of the Now TV Entertainment pass for Now TV customers. […]

TBI Weekly: Six signs that Sky Studios is key for Comcast

Take one look at Comcast’s second quarter results revealed yesterday and it becomes abundantly clear why the NBCUniversal owner was so keen to acquire UK pay TV operator Sky. But a shifting content strategy for the Jeremy Darroch-led company has also emerged in the post-Murdoch age, which could spell opportunity for European producers. 1. A […]

Sky eyes ‘unprecedented production scale’ and streaming partners

Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch has said that recently launched production arm Sky Studios will allow it to work on an unprecedented number of European shows and has touted the UK-based pay TV operator as a potential partner for soon-to-launch streamers from companies such as Disney. Darroch (below) said the launch of Sky Studios, which revealed […]

BBC Studios adds Sky commissioner to head comedy

UK-based BBC Studios Productions has appointed a commissioning editor from pay TV operator Sky as its head of comedy. Josh Cole (pictured) will be responsible for leading the BBC Studios Comedy team and overseeing its slate across TV, radio and online. Shows under his purview include This Country, Famalam and Inside No.9. He will also […]

Netflix to lose ‘The Office’ to NBCU

NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s forthcoming streaming service will become home to the US version of The Office (pictured) in America, after the company grappled the show back from existing rights holders Netflix. The Office is widely believed to be one of Netflix’s most popular series but the streamer was unable to hang onto rights following an auction […]

Sky to double down on originals under in-house Studios banner

Sky is to double down on investment in originals under new production banner Sky Studios.  The Comcast-backed, Europe-wide development and production outfit plans to double its investment in programming over the next five years. Sky Studios will create new productions for Sky channels, NBC broadcast and cable channels and Universal Pictures, as well as for […]

TBI Weekly: ‘Chernobyl’ is astonishing, but what’s next for HBO? (Column)

As HBO rolls out hit dramas such as Chernobyl that carry the signature marks of outgoing drama execs like Kary Antholis, TBI asks whether the WarnerMedia-owned cable channel can keep such high standards up for its SVOD-focused future.  To whomever leapt upon the Internet Movie Database’s (IMDb) obscure TV ratings system to make a point for the […]

Discovery hires Sky exec to lead EMEA, APAC corporate development

Discovery has hired Sky executive Anil Jhingan as its corporate development chief for the EMEA and APAC regions, responsible for deal-making, partnerships and investments. Jhingan joins Discovery having played key roles in high-profile Sky deals, including its acquisition of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia, as well as its recent public takeover. He joins Discovery with […]

Sky explores Rome’s origins in ITVS GE-distributed ‘Romulus’

Sky Italia’s latest original drama, Romulus, will tell the origin story of Rome. Produced by Sky, ITV Studios-backed Gomorrah producer Cattleya and Groenlandia, the 10-part series will be directed Matteo Rovere and premiere on the Italian pay-TV channel. Set in eighth-century BC, Romulus details the city’s origins through elaborate settings, with two entire cities reconstructed […]

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